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M-Kopa has sold over 1 million solar products, and offered $600 million in credit to Africans

M-Kopa has recently released its 2021 Impact Report with the following key highlights:

  • $600 million of M-Kopa Credit unlocked for customers;
  • Over 1 million M-kopa solar home systems sold, avoiding 2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions;
  • Over 1 million individuals accessing M-Kopa Smartphones, enabling access to information and earning opportunities online;
  • 86% of customers report that the quality of their lives has improved because of M-KOPA.

Despite the whirlwinds of economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19, throughout 2020 and 2021, M-KOPA says it defied global trends and created significant high-quality employment. The fintech company’s full-time staff more than doubled from 2019 to 2021, with 944 additional jobs created.

Additionally, M-KOPA sales agents, who actively reach community members across the company’s core markets, quadrupled to 10,000 agents between 2019 and 2021.

The company says that as a mission-driven company, their growth is rooted in commitment to both commercial and social goals. The report presents findings on M-KOPA’s smartphone, solar and cash loan customers across Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Ghana. While much of the impact has been realised in East Africa, M-KOPA recorded rapid growth following its expansion into West Africa over 2020/21.

Founded in 2011, M-KOPA offers millions of people access to life-enhancing products and services, such as smartphones, solar lighting, solar-powered appliances, cash loans and health insurance by unlocking affordable credit. 

In March 2020, the platform reached a milestone of 2 million customers served, and with impact and inclusion remaining core to its mission, M-KOPA strives to increase the number of customers on its platform by 10x over the next five years. 

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